Charleston, SC – You may remember the story we published about the project that the MUSC College of Nursing teamed up with the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create the mobile based resource pocketpeer.org (READ STORY HERE). As the group continues its commitment towards offering real solutions for our country’s First Responders, they have ventured into the world of social media, launching a Facebook Page called the Center for Firefighter Behavioral Health.
This is another way that information can be shared and awareness can be raised at the very real problem with suicide in the Fire Service. This is a subject the staff of SConFire.com is very passionate about through our support of this project and others such as the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team, another invaluable resource for anyone who finds themselves in a bad place. In fact, the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team was very active in the filming of the pocketpeer.org app.
We reached out to Tonya Hazelton of the Center for Firefighter Behavioral Health and she said “Our team has been doing a lot of work in collaboration with a number of partners in the fire service since 2011, and we felt it was about time we launched a new center to reflect that – the Center for Firefighter Behavioral Health. We’ve been working with the NFFF FEMA and local agencies.”
We want to remind all of our readers that the idea with the pocketpeer.org project is to provide a free resource that is available to any first responder at any time. There is nothing to download, no sign-up, login, or even record of your visit. This content could potentially help firefighters across not only the state, but the entire country. Currently, suicide is claiming more firefighters than the fireground by roughly double. The pocketpeer.org site is mobile based and can be used 24/7.